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Paul Akers has built a business and a life on making small improvements every single day. In this episode, we explore the concept of lean: lean thinking, lean relationships, and lean business. Using this lean methodology, Paul shows us how to eliminate waste and make continuous improvements in your life and business.

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Cheat Sheet

  • What lean thinking is and how the lean manufacturing model is used at successful companies
  • How to identify the different kinds of waste present in your systems and systematically eliminate them
  • How and why Paul got started with using the lean system in his own life
  • Why people can become paralyzed to not make change and how to overcome this feeling
  • What the work “kaizen” means and how the system actually works
  • How Toyota has used kaizen to revolutionize their business
  • How sweeping, sorting, and standardizing your workspace can make you more productive
  • What businesses can do to tap into unused employee genius to improve their organization
  • How Paul applies the lean thinking concept to relationships and love
  • Why you should make a document that clearly defines what makes you happy and how to do it effectively
  • The simple way to get up and running with the lean thinking method


Book, tool, ritual

Book: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Tool: Lean PD app
Ritual: Reading a book per week, and listening to audio books every day.

Connect with Paul Akers



  • Freshbooks.com/productivity
  • For a 30 day free trial, be sure to enter the word ‘productivity’ in the “How Did You Hear About Us?” section

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  1. really important topic that i was thinking today. you really have to make small improvement daily to make progress..

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